Perak creates history at Gurdwara Cup

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 Penang, Malaysia  | Asia Samachar | 8 June 2015
Former Perak hockey team captain Jaswinder Singh holding the Gurdwara Cup champion's trophy. Perak emerged overall champions for the first time in the cup's 64 year history
Former Perak hockey team captain Jaswinder Singh holding the Gurdwara Cup champion’s trophy. Perak emerged overall champions for the first time in the cup’s 64 year history

Perak emerged as overall champions for the first time in the 64 years history of the Gurdwara Cup that ended  over the weekend in Penang, Malaysia.

The state which gave birth to the games took home the champion’s trophy after notching 20 points at the the 64th Gurdwaras Cup & Sikh Festival Of Sports 2015.

They managed to wrestle the helm from the Kuala Lumpur (KL) team, represented by Aman Club, traditionally the strongest team at the annual Sikhs games for Malaysia and Singapore. KL were the defending overall champions for 2014.

“Unlike in the past, we took a full contingent to the games this year. We managed to raise the necessary funding. That made a huge difference,” Perak Sikh Union (PSU) president Gurjeet Singh Rhande told Asia Samachar.

“It was a proud moment for Perakians as this cup was first started 64 years ago by Gurdwara Sahib Ipoh.”

Gurjeet estimated that the Perak team had spent in between RM40,000 to RM50,000 for the games, which include logistic, training. jerseys and opening ceremony attire.

The games organised by Malaysian-Singapore Sikh Sports Council (MSSSC), with its state affiliates, were participated by nine teams: Perak, Kedah, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Singapore and PDRM Police.

Johore won the Hockey Senior Fair Play Trophy, Perak the Soccer Senior Fair Play Trophy while Penang took home the Netball Fair Play Trophy, according to results posted on the games Facebook page.

Perak made a clean sweep of the Women’s Golf Championship when they won all the first three places.

In the final tally, Perak emerged overall champions by a mere one point, thanks to the bronze medal secured by its men under-18 hockey team. Perak beat Selangor at penalty shootout after a scoreless draw for third the placing.

“We lost hockey, but we managed to grab the overall champion’s trophy for the first time. That was sweet,” said Jaswinder Singh who led the senior hockey team to a gold medal in the 2013 games.

Team Perak celebrates as overall champs of Gurdwara Cup 2015
Team Perak celebrates as overall champs of Gurdwara Cup 2015

RESULTS OF THE GAMES:

Golf:  1. Perak 2. Singapore 3. Selangor

Badminton:  1. Negeri Sembilan  2. Perak 3. Selangor

Netball: 1. Selangor 2. KL 3. Penang

Soccer Juniors:  1. Perak 2. KL 3. Selangor

Soccer Seniors:  1. KL 2. Perak 3. Negeri Sembilan

Hockey Juniors: 1. KL 2. Negeri Sembilan 3. Perak

Hockey Seniors:  1. KL 2. RMPSSA (Police) 3. Perak

 

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